Cougars Close Out Regular Season Hosting UCLA, USC
Feb. 28, 2012
COUGARS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON HOSTING UCLA and USC: Washington State University will close out regular season play this week, hosting UCLA 7 p.m. Thursday and USC, 1 p.m. Saturday at Beasley Coliseum.
COMING UP: Next week, Washington State will head to Los Angeles for the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament held at the Galen Center and Staples Center. The Cougars will play in the opening round Wednesday at the Galen Center. The tournament seedings will be announced Sunday evening.
LISTEN IN: Fans can follow the Cougars on Pullman’s KHTR (104.3 FM), KQQQ 1150 AM or go to WSUCougars.com and listen to with a subscription to Cougar All Access. Steve Grubbs will be calling the play-by-play for the Cougs this season.
COUGAR ATHLETICS ON THE WEB: Connect with Washington State University Athletics on the web at WSUCougars.com, the official website of Cougar Athletics, and on Twitter (twitter.com/WSUCougars_com), Facebook (facebook.com/WSUCougarAthletics) and YouTube (youtube.com/WSUCougarAthletics) during the 2011-12 season. Fans can follow along on the Cougars Gameday page at http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gameday.html
COUGARS COURTSIDE WEBISODES: Fans can get an inside look at the Washington State University men’s and women’s basketball teams with the new web series, `Cougars Courtside’ on www.wsucougars.com. A new episode will air each week up until the end of the basketball seasons. The web series includes segments which will vary each week and highlight the work the Cougars are doing in the community, one-on-one segments with individual student-athletes, in-depth segments with both head coaches, Ken Bone and June Daugherty on various basketball coaching topics, and/or behind-the-scenes looks at both teams.
COUGAR HOME GAMES WEBSTREAMED: 12 Washington State home women’s basketball contests will be webstreamed by Cougars All-Access on wsucougars.com during the 2011-12 season. A subscription to Cougars All-Access is required to watch the games.
ABOUT THE UCLA BRUINS: UCLA enters the week with a 14-13 overall record and tied with Oregon State for fourth place in the Pac-12 standings at 9-7. The Bruins lead the all-time series 46-6, having claimed the last 23 meetings after posting a 73-52 victory behind Markel Walker’s triple-double in Los Angeles the first weekend of February. UCLA has four players averaging in double-figures, led by Rebekah Gardner’s 15.9 ppg. Head coach Cori Close is in her first year at UCLA.
PERKINS BECOMES WSU’S CAREER LEADER IN GAMES PLAYED: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins became Washington State’s career-leader in games played at Arizona State, coming off the bench to appear in career game No. 116. Perkins passed former Cougs Jennifer Kerns and Katie Appleton who each appeared in 115 games. Perkins has played in 117 career games and made 103 starts.
PERKINS JOINS EGGART IN COUGAR RECORD BOOK: Jazmine Perkins grabbed six rebounds in the win against Utah to reach 600 rebounds in her career and join Jeanne Eggart (1977-82) as the only players in WSU history, men’s or women’s, to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 200 steals in their careers. Eggart is WSU’s women’s career leader in points (1,967) and steals (377).
WSU AMONG PAC-12 LEADERS: Washington State enters the week leading the Pac-12 Conference in turnover margin (+2.9), third in steals (276, 9.9) and fourth in three-point field goal defense (27.8). In Pac-12 games only; the Cougars are second in the conference in three-point field goal defense (25.2), third in steals (145, 9.1) and sixth in scoring defense (61.4 ppg).
SCHEDULE RANKS No. 19 TOUGHEST IN COUNTRY: According to NCAA.org, Washington State has played the No. 19 toughest schedule in the country. The Cougars have gone on the road to face nationally ranked Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford while and hosted nationally ranked Gonzaga and Louisville. This season’s schedule features 23 games against 19 teams that appeared in the postseason last year, including 12 NCAA Tournament participants.
LATEST RPI RANKINGS RELEASED: After playing one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and with an equally challenging Pac-12 slate, Washington State sits No. 123 in the latest set of RPI rankings released by NCAA.com Monday. WSU was rated No. 39 in the initial rankings, No. 50 the second set, No. 66 the third set, No. 54 in the fourth, No. 59 in the fifth, No. 73, No. 94 and No. 110 last week. Nine of the Cougars opponents currently sit in the top-50.
COUGARS RECORD DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS UNDER DAUGHERTY: WSU’s win over Arizona was win No. 10 on the season, giving the Cougars their second double-digit win season since the 2000-01 season. Both double-digit win campaigns have come under head coach June Daugherty, notching 11 in 2008-09.
COOK JOINS PERKINS IN 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB: Senior guard April Cook became WSU’s 14th member of its 1,000 career point club after scoring 10 points in the win at Wisconsin. Cook joined fellow classmate Jazmine Perkins who scored 17 points in last year’s first round defeat to USC at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament to become the 13th player in program history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark. Perkins sits seventh among WSU’s all-time leading scorers with 1,256 career points while Cook is ninth with 1,143.
PERKINS NOTCHES ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Jazmine Perkins recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Oregon. The senior guard also recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds at USC and 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Arizona. Earlier this season, Perkins notched double-doubles in three straight games, scoring 11 points and grabbing 15 rebounds at No. 11/13 Ohio State, then putting up 15 points and recording 12 rebounds in the win over Oregon in Eugene before finishing with 11 points and 15 rebounds in the double overtime win at Oregon State. Perkins owns six of the seven double-doubles for the Cougs this season and has ten in her career.
PERKINS NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior guard Jazmine Perkins was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Perkins had a pair of double-doubles in the opening weekend of Pac-12 action, leading the Cougars to a pair of road wins against University of Oregon and Oregon State University to post its first 2-0 start in conference play since the 2000-01 season. The Berkeley, Calif. native earned her first career weekly accolade after averaging 13.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 steals per game in the road sweep of UO and OSU, the first time the Cougars have swept a road series since 1994-95. Perkins had 15 points and 12 boards to go with four assists and four steals in a 75-47 win at Oregon and added an 11-point 15-rebound outing while playing a career-high 44 minutes in the 61-54 double-overtime thriller versus the Beavers. Perkins also hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final 20 seconds of double overtime to seal the win.
WSU KNOCKS DOWN 10 3-POINTERS AT OREGON: The Cougs made a season-high 10 three-pointers in the conference-opening win at Oregon Dec. 29. Senior guard Rosetta Adzasu hit all three of her 3-point attempts against the Ducks after coming into the game 0-2 in 3-point shooting this season. WSU has made nine 3-pointers in a game three times this year, coming at home against Gonzaga and Louisville before hitting nine at USC last Thursday.
PRESLEY NAMED A FINALIST FOR INLAND NORTHWEST YOUTH AWARD: Freshman point guard Tia Presley was named one of 10 finalists for the Inland Northwest Washington Female Junior Award for her accomplishments at Gonzaga Prep. Presley attended Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Wash. and set the Greater Spokane League career scoring record with 1,300 career points.
PRESLEY OUT INDEFINITELY WITH LEFT FOOT SPRAIN: Freshman point guard Tia Presley is out indefinitely with a left foot sprain. The Spokane native was averaging 5.8 ppg and was third on the team with 22 steals. Presley had appeared in all 21 games and started in eight of the Cougars nine Pac-12 contests before sustaining the injury prior to the road trip to Los Angeles last weekend.
AMOJO OUT FOR SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY: Redshirt-sophomore guard Ireti Amojo will miss the rest of the 2011-12 season after suffering a knee injury in the first half against Oregon last Thursday. Amojo entered the game leading the Pac-12 Conference in 3-point shooting at 57.1 percent (21-42) and was second on the team at 9.0 ppg.
FORMER COUGAR JESSICA OSTREICHER GRADUATES: Former Washington State University center Jessica Ostreicher said good bye to WSU, graduating last weekend with a degree in communications. The 6-8 Ostreicher played one season with the Cougs before a knee injury cut her WSU career short. Ostreicher continued to work with the Cougs, serving as the color commentator for the team’s radio broadcasts the past two seasons and also hosting her own women’s sports talk radio show.
COUGS SIGN SIX TO A NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Washington State head women’s basketball coach June Daugherty has announced that Dawnyelle Awa and Emalia Galdeira out of Hawai’i, Whitney Tinjum from Minnesota, Taylor Edmondson out of New Mexico and Mariah Cooks and Alex Williamson from California have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars next season.
COUGARS PICKED SEVENTH IN PAC-12 PRESEASON POLL: Washington State was picked to finish seventh in the 2011-12 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Collecting the maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11) was Stanford, who was picked the preseason favorite for the 11th year in a row by the coaches to win the Pac-12 title.
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